University of Western Australia Exchange
(Primarily for College of Design, other students may participate with permission)
The College of Design and the University of Western Australia's Faculty of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Visual Arts participate in a reciprocal exchange agreement. College of Design students can study at UWA for a semester or an academic year. The program seeks to broaden the scope of the academic curriculum and to provide a unique learning experience for students in an overseas environment, as well as to promote cooperation between the two institutions. This exchange program is available to both undergraduate and graduate College of Design students, but it is limited to a maximum of three students per semester.
Campus facilities and the appropriate student support and orientation programs will be available to exchange students from the College of Design (the same incidental fees that UWA students would pay for these services would apply). UWA will assist students in finding housing in UWA residential colleges or other accommodations.
The semester dates at UWA are different than at ISU. Students intending to study in Australia for ISU's fall semester would take classes during UWA's Semester 2 from July to November. Students who wish to participate in the exchange for ISU's spring semester would take classes in UWA's Semester 1 from February to June.
Students can enroll at UWA for one or two semesters commencing in either semester, and may enroll over two academic years provided the semesters of study are consecutive.
Tentative dates for Spring 2016 (Semester 1 2016) are:
Orientation: Begins February 22
Arrivals: Students should arrive a day or two before orientation if housing has already been pre-arranged. Students who have not secured any housing are recommended to arrive at least two weeks prior to the commencement of classes.
Teaching: February 29 – June 3
Examinations: June 6 – June 24 (Including 1 week study break)
Non-teaching Study Break: April 18 – April 23
Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection
Participants in all College of Design international programs must meet the following requirements:
- At least 18 years of age
- Accepted into departmental program of study
- Clear academic record including no status of academic warning or probation in the semester prior to or the semester of international program participation
In addition, the following requirements apply to the University of Western Australia exchange program:
The College of Design may check a participant's current GPA and/or academic status at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA or the failure to maintain a clear academic record may affect participation in an international program.
Costs and Financial Assistance
Budget information is available here for fall and here for spring. Students participating in this exchange program will pay ISU tuition and fees and will receive tuition fee waivers at UWA.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Minimum junior standing (during semester or academic year of participation)
- Must satisfy all UWA admissions requirements, including language proficiency requirements (where applicable)
Students are also responsible for the following expenses:
- Transportation to and from host institution
- Room and board expenses
- Medical insurance
- Student Union fees, if applicable
- Textbooks, clothing and personal expenses
- Passport and visa costs
- All other debts and incidental expenses incurred during the course of the exchange period
Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to study at UWA and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. The college offers financial assistance in the form of scholarships specifically for students studying abroad.
All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.22 per day. More information is available at the links below:
CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information
Students interested in this exchange program must first apply here at ISUAbroad to participate. Once the application has been reviewed in the College of Design and the student has been accepted as a potential candidate, the college will contact UWA to nominate the student. After nomination, students will receive an e-mail from UWA with instructions on how to complete an online UWA application.